Local artists selected to have their artwork displayed on Charlotte-area billboards through ArtPop

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Voters on CharlotteCultureGuide.com selected final five artists for the program

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 1, 2015) – ASC has announced the 20 regional artists that will be part of next year’s ArtPop, a program in which local artists submit their work to be displayed on available billboard space. ASC, Adams Outdoor Advertising and ArtPop founder Wendy Hickey partnered to launch the local program in 2014.

Billboard installations will begin the week of January 4, 2016, and selected artworks will be displayed throughout the year. There are no guarantees on where artists’ work will be located; selected artworks can be placed anywhere in Adams Outdoor Advertising’s Charlotte coverage area and will rotate across locations on a space available basis.

Individual artists, ages 18 and older, from any discipline and residing in the greater Charlotte region were eligible to apply to participate for free. Adams Outdoor Advertising provides the billboard space and ASC covers the production costs of reproducing selected artists’ images on vinyl to fit the billboards.

Hickey established ArtPop as a 501c3 in August. She has expanded the program to seven U.S. cities with a mission to promote local artists work through available media space.

A jury composed of local arts and design experts selected the top submissions for the Charlotte area program, with artists ranked among the top submissions automatically receiving invitations to participate. A public vote on CharlotteCultureGuide.com from Nov. 22 through Nov. 29 determined the final participants.

Jury-selected program artists (with artistic mediums in parenthesis) are:

Jean Cauthen, Mint Hill (oil painting on canvas)
Christopher Craft, Charlotte (encaustic painting on cradled wooden panel)
Leonor Demori, Charlotte (acrylic paint on glass)
Chris Evans, Rock Hill (acrylic on wood panel)
Julio Gonzalez, Charlotte (acrylic painting)
Laura Hitchcock, Charlotte (oil painting)
Foozhan Kashkooli, Charlotte (oil on board)
Allison Luce, Mooresville (fired clay with oxides, under-glaze, glaze and mixed media)
Kyle Mosher, Charlotte (mixed media)
Nicholas Napoletano, Charlotte (oil paint on canvas)
Osiris Rain, Charlotte (oil on linen mounted to aluminum panel)
Veda Saravan, Charlotte (acrylics on canvas)
Sydney Sogol, Charlotte (fiber art, weaving, yarn)
Jimi Thompson, Rock Hill (acrylic/digital)
Rob Young, Salisbury (acrylics)

Artists selected by a public vote are:

Susan Card, Fort Mill (acrylic painting and mixed media)
Barbara Ellis, Charlotte (acrylic on canvas)
Elyse Frederick, Charlotte (acrylic and oil pastel)
Jennifer Parham Gilomen, Lake Wylie (thread, rice paper, wax, tea, wallpaper, cotton rag paper)
Veronica Maldonado, Waxhaw (oil on canvas)

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